Organizers

The organizers for WordCamp Detroit have a variety of backgrounds. It turns out they all have different must-have plugins, too.

Anthony Montalbano

Anthony is the lead organizer for WordCamp Detroit for the second year in a row. A big fan of WordPress since 2006, he uses it for content management and its API to data interface. Anthony spoke at the first WordCamp Detroit in 2010. “I couldn’t tell you how many times this plugin [WP-DB-Backup] has saved me.”

TJ List

The WordPress newbie of the group, TJ started using it 2 years ago. Now a WordCamp junkie, he has attended 5 WordCamps to date (he spoke at three of them). TJ helped organize WordCamp Detroit 2010 and runs the Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup group. He doesn’t know how to build a site without WordPress.com Custom CSS.

Ross Johnson

An experienced designer/developer, Ross has been using WordPress since 2006. It makes a great CMS for developing websites for his clients. Ross spoke at WordCamp Detroit 2010 and has been seen organizing a WordPress user group in Ann Arbor. His favorite plugin is Magic Fields.

John “JT” Pratt

John’s 6 years of working with WordPress makes him a perfect guy to develop client websites. John presented at WordCamp Detroit 2010. When asked about his favorite plugin he replied, “every website starts with ‘Secure WordPress‘”.

Declan O’Neill

Declan began playing with WordPress in 2006. He now uses it to build and maintain client websites. He attended WordCamps before jumping up to help organize them. His favorite plugin is the only premium one of our group: Gravity Forms. (Off the record, we like it too!)

Billy Strawter Jr.

“How long have I been using WordPress? That’s like asking how long I have been married.”  Billy uses WordPress for personal blogs, for business websites, and the occasional client. His favorite plugin is WP SuperCache, a must if you host at *cough*GoDaddy*cough*.

Deborah Edwards-Onoro

A WordPress user since 2006, Deborah uses it professionally for building client websites. She attended WordCamp Detroit and WordCamp Miami live, and has spied on others virtually. Deborah brings enthusiasm, great ideas, and insight (especially about website usability and accessibility) to our committee. Her favorite plugin is After the Deadline.

7 Responses to Organizers

  1. Dawn says:

    I bought a ticket but can’t make it this weekend – I want to give my ticket to a friend; can they just show up with my ticket printout and a note from me saying it’s OK? Or, what else do I need to do? Thanks!

  2. Robert Ameriguian says:

    Can we still register onsite for part of the conference?

    • Anthony says:

      Hi Robert,
      Sorry, no more registration is available, we’ve sold out our venue, hope you’re able to make it next year!

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  4. I can’t make the sessions today. Will there be copies of some of the presentations available?

    • TJ says:

      Hi Linda,
      We are planning to get links to the speakers’ slides up on the site soon. We also hope to put the video from each speaker on WordPress.tv soon. We will post links as soon as we can.